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APS/CPS is proposed at every signalized intersection and in medians at locations where the station
platforms are located in the median.
LRT bar signals have been proposed at all signalized intersections where the light rail operates for
consistency and uniformity for the train operators.
Battery back-up is proposed at all Montgomery County-owned traffic signals.
Where the light rail alignment is side running, a clearance phase is proposed at signalized intersections
for the side street that crosses the tracks to clear the tracks of vehicles. Optically programmed signal
heads are proposed for the far-side clearance phase direction. Supplemental nearside traffic signals are
proposed for side street approaches to improve driver sight distance.
Right turn prohibition blank-out signs are proposed at signalized intersections where the light rail
alignment is side running.
5.2.2

Traffic Signals

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The following table summarizes location-specific signal improvements proposed to date, along with a
brief explanation of why they were needed.

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Traffic Signal Location

Proposed Improvement

Reason for Improvement

Jones Mill at Jones Bridge Road

New configuration of south leg crosswalk to become perpendicular to
Jones Mill Road, directly adjacent to ramp for CCT

Montgomery County request for safe and
direct access to CCT

Brookville Road at Stewart Avenue

New mast arm signal structure with right and left turn prohibition
blank-out signs

Provides safe conditions at proposed LRT
crossing

Suburban Tower Apartments

Existing pedestrian Hazard Identification Beacon to be removed

Existing mid-block crossing has been
relocated

Spring Street

Reconstruction of existing traffic signal; eliminate twin mast arm poles
from south leg median

Minimize utility conflicts, improve safety,
poles eliminated per Montgomery County
request

Dixon Avenue

New traffic signal with standard perpendicular mast arm, permissive
phasing; left turn prohibition blank-out sign for westbound traffic on
Bonifant Street; removal of east leg crosswalk

Montgomery County request; provides safe
conditions at proposed LRT crossings

Georgia Avenue

Partial signal reconstruction

Provides safe conditions at proposed LRT
crossing

Fenton Street

Reconstruction of existing traffic signal

Change to one-way eastbound operations;
minimizes utility conflicts

Wedge' crosswalk with 2 ADA compliant pedestrian ramps for west
leg pedestrian crossing

Montgomery County request; provides safe
conditions at proposed LRT crossing

3 section exclusive left turn signal head, adjacent to 3 section through
signal head on pedestrian pole in east leg median

Montgomery County request

3 section exclusive left turn signal head, adjacent to 3 section through
signal head on pedestrian pole in east leg median; queue jump lane
proposed for westbound LRT movement

Montgomery County request; to provide safe
conditions at proposed LRT crossing

Wayne Avenue at
Fenton Street
Cedar Street
Dale Drive

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Bonifant Street at

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T

16th Street at

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Proposed Improvement

Reason for Improvement

Manchester Road

New traffic signal; 3 section exclusive left turn signal head, adjacent to
3 section through signal head on pedestrian pole in median

Montgomery County request; provides safe
conditions at proposed LRT crossing

Plymouth Tunnel

New traffic signal

Control traffic; provides safe conditions at
proposed LRT crossing; guide LRT entry into
Plymouth Tunnel

Arliss Street at
New traffic signal or All-way Stop combined with controlled crossing
of LRT

Currently under discussion with County;
provides safe conditions at proposed LRT
crossing

South Shopping Center Entrance

Proposed conditions under review

Currently under discussion with County;
provides safe conditions at proposed LRT
crossing

West of Garland Avenue

Midblock crossing to be removed

Provides safe conditions at proposed LRT
crossing

at Garland Avenue

New traffic signal

Provides safe conditions at proposed LRT
crossing

at Barron Street

New signalization for north leg of intersection

Provides safe conditions at proposed LRT
crossing

University Boulevard at

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Piney Branch Road at

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Garland Avenue

Joint use OCS pole in median on east leg of intersection

Meets project standards and requirements,
minimizes conflicts between utilities,
enhances safety

Seek Lane

New traffic signal

Provides safe conditions at proposed LRT
crossing

Merrimac

New traffic signal

Provides safe conditions at proposed LRT
crossing

Piney Branch Road

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Reason for Improvement

Lebanon Street

New traffic signal

Provides safe conditions at proposed LRT
crossing

14th Avenue

New traffic signal

Provides safe conditions at proposed LRT
crossing

Guilford Road

New traffic signal

Provides safe conditions at proposed LRT
crossing

15th Avenue

New traffic signal; Lead-lag left turn phasing;

Provides safe conditions at proposed
intersection; eliminates need for 2-stage
crossing

Riggs Road

New traffic signal; Lead-lag left turn phasing;

Provides safe conditions at proposed
intersection; eliminates need for 2-stage
crossing

24th Avenue (south)

Relocate existing traffic signal at 24th Ave. (south) to 24th Ave.
(north)

Improves signal spacing and safety

Campus Drive

New traffic signal w/ clearance phase with farside optically
programmed signal heads for eastbound traffic

Meets project standards and requirements;
enhances safety

Union Drive at Valley Drive

New traffic signal; clearance phase for westbound right turns; joint
use OCS poles

Accommodates queue jump phase for WB
LRT, improves safety, joint-use of poles avoids
conflicts with mast arm structures and
reduces number of poles

Baltimore Avenue at Rossborough
Lane

Queue jump phase for westbound traffic

Provides safe conditions in shared lane

Existing east leg pedestrian crossing to be removed

Discourages crossing where no sidewalk is
available; increases safety

…Metro Entrance

Right turn prohibition blank-out sign for northbound traffic

Preventative safety measure at vehicle/LRT
areas

River Road at Rivertech Court

New traffic signal

Provides safe conditions at proposed LRT

Paint Branch Parkway at
…MFRI Entrance

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T

Proposed Improvement

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Traffic Signal Location

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Reason for Improvement
crossing

New traffic signal to replace existing roundabout

Provides safe conditions at proposed LRT
crossing

East-West Highway at Kenilworth
Avenue

Supplemental traffic signals for westbound traffic on East-West
Highway

Improves driver sight distance under the
overpass

Veterans Parkway at Glenridge Yard
and Shop Facility

New traffic signal

Provides safe conditions at proposed LRT
crossing

Ellin Road at New Carrollton Bus
Loop

New traffic signal

Provides safe conditions at proposed LRT
crossing

Ellin Road at Harkins Road

Reconstruct existing traffic signal

Accommodates proposed changes to New
Carrollton Bus Loop

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T

River Road at Haig Drive/University
Research Court

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